Post # 1
I know this is in babies… but I figured birth control is a related topic, maybe?
Did any of y’all choose to use a birth control method like an IUD? I am currently using the NuvaRing but I would rather not pay every month for a new ring…. and I’ve had some problems with bladder infections because of it.
My doctor suggested I look into Mirena or ParaGard. Because Mirena is a 5 year IUD and has some hormones in it to control the bleading and heaviness of the period, my doctor recommends it. But I am tired of the hormones. I feel like hormones are messing me up emotionally. It’s my understanding that the hormones in Mirena are smaller doses and just progestrin right in the area… so it wouldn’t ne like hormones in the pill or NuvaRing.
I heard that you have heavier periods and have more spot bleeding with ParaGard because it does not have hormones. Has anyone used either IUD? And have you ever gotten pregnant using an IUD? NuvaRing has helped thus far… but I’m scared an IUD wouldn’t work.
Post # 3
I chose the Mirena, and I HATED it for the first four months. I was bleeding almost all the time, I just “felt” aggressive all the time, and I got cramps regularly.
But now, six months in, I’m a fan. I feel like myself again, I get my period for seriously only one day every five weeks, and we can have sex spontaneously without worrying about protection.
I say go for it! In the long run, it’s so much cheaper than other forms.
And, no pregnancy yet.
There’s some fine print they never tell you about. Basically, it doesn’t stop the sperm from meeting the egg, it just makes the uterus a hostile environment so that it can’t implant.
Post # 4
I have Mirena and I love it. I was sick of hormones too, I had a few bad experiences with the pill and was ready to just give up… But then after doing some research I found out that Mirena was a better match for me than the Paragard. I’ve always suffered from heavy bleeding and terrible cramping and with that being side effects of Paragard it WAS NOT an option… so I got Mirena after taking the mini-pill to test the hormones and I felt completely normal! It’s been over a year since I had it put in and I still love it. I barely have a period anymore and little to no cramping and I hardly ever have to think about it, it’s pretty awesome.
It hurts terribly getting it put in (but doesn’t take long), after a month I forgot how bad it hurt and not having to think about birthcontrol everyday is SO worth every second of pain. But be prepared for cramping for the next week or so after if gets put in.
Post # 5
The chance of getting pregnant with Mirena is less than with *sterilization*.
Post # 6
I have the Paraguard because I was also sick of the hormones and wanted something I could trust (and not pay out the nose for). I LOVE it. That said, it’s definitely not for everyone. I had very light periods with practically no cramping when I was on the pill. With my Paraguard… Well the first year was super heavy and with some serious cramps. I ate ibuprophen like it was going out of style. It’s eased back and now it’s no longer heavy and I get cramps for maybe a few hours one or two days a cycle. I love that it’s non-hormonal, good for 10-years and the copper hinders sperm motility so those are all bonuses.
That said, I would probably recommend a Mirena. It’s probably what I’ll try after we’re done having kids.
ETA: There have been lots of posts on this topic (well, about IUDs in general at least) and some have some really helpful reviews. I’d recommend searching around a bit.
Post # 7
I think I’m going to wait until after I get married to do this (if I do it). I don’t want to drastically change anything before my wedding. Thanks everyone 🙂
Post # 8
I have a Mirena. The first time my Dr inserted it, it pierced my uterus and took a magical journey through my lower half – I needed surgery to remove it. BUT, the second one I got works like a charm. I don’t even get my period anymore! And no more mood swings like when I was on the pill. The first few months were tough, though (between the surgery and dealing with the different type of hormone distribution), so you are probably wise to wait.
I have had it over a year, and nope, not pregnant, and, even with the rough start, I would totally recommend it (I absolutely LOVE not having a period anymore!)
Post # 9
I am on my second Mirena IUD, so I have had it for a total of 5 1/2 years. I love it! I dont’ get periods anymore, and I don’t have to worry about anything. Neither one of mine hurt badly when inserted. If you cough at the same time the doctor puts it in, you hardly feel it at all, and if you do, it feels like a sharp pinch, so the pain goes away in a second. They will tell you to take some ibuprophen before your appointment just in case.
It is expensive though, luckily my insurance has covered it. The first time I got it in was in 2005 and it was around $500, when I had it put in last year it had gone up to almost $800. So that is something to consider if you are paying out of pocket.
I would never consider anything else because this works so well, I don’t have to remember anything, or deal with anything until the 5 years is up.
Post # 10
I have a Mirena and had a few problems after it was put it, but now I love it. For the first few months I felt very emotional and had cramps ; now everything is fine and I am perfectly happy. As a side note, I can no longer feel my strings and my doctor said this was normal/ checks to make sure everything is alright during appointments.
Post # 11
I have the mirena and I love it! The only bad part was when he was like okay this is going to just be a slight bit of pressure than stabbed my cervix and I almost cried! after that I haven’t had any problems other than my completely irregular period.
Post # 12
Well yet another repost. So many IUD threads!
I’ve had two different copper IUDs before and this time ’round decided to start Mirena as the thought of having little/no period sounded great and my Doc ASSURED me that since the hormone was transmitted via: uterus, that it wouldn’t have any of the negative side effects that the pill or other hormals BC choices have.
First, it hurt so much to have in I threw up. Right then and there, in the garbage pail in the exam room. (sorry tmi). Within a week I started feeling very down and overwhelmed, my sex drive went to 0, and I looked like I was 3 months preggers. My abdomen was hard and wouldn’t go down at all.
I had it taken out after 6 weeks and had a copper one put in a week later.
Everyone is different, but I think the Mirena is the devil 🙁
EDIT: even though I had it in just over a month, I did not get a regular cycle for 9 months after removal. Thought I should add that as this could be a bonus, or a drawback, depending on the situation
Post # 13
@kperry3: I got the copper I.U.D a month ago and I love it… no more hormones and you can do it whenever and where ever you want to… Plus it lasts for 5 years…
Post # 14
I’ve had the Mirena for almost 2 months now… I love it! No cramps after day 2 post insertion, no spotting, very light period – it’s amazing. And it hasn’t affected my sex drive at all. (sorry if Too Much Information… hehe) I highly recommend it.
Post # 15
I got Mirena in May 2007 and it didn’t hurt a bit. However, I have had many random side effects ever since then although they have greatly improved in the last year. I had some crazy hair loss, weight gain, random skin issues and a bit of an aggressive attitude…the period was pretty erratic but it has disappeared in this last year. There are some minor things that bothered me for a couple years, but they have now gone away…I won’t mention them on here in fear of grossing all you ladies out 🙂 All in all, I would recommed Mirena for sure…just hang in there if you run into any issues because they will get better….(in my case at least)
Post # 16
@Anxiouspeanut: The Mirena lasts for 3 to 5, the Paraguard lasts for 8 or even 10! (Last I looked anyways.)